Nigerian Labor Unions Stand Firm On Upcoming Strike Despite Government’s Pleas For Delay

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In a decisive stance, Nigerian labor unions, led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), are resolute in their commitment to proceed with an impending strike; despite the Federal Government’s appeal for postponement. This development follows a meeting convened by Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, which saw NLC leadership absent and only the Trade Union Congress (TUC) present.

Numerous affiliated unions, along with civil society allies, have affirmed their readiness to join the forthcoming two-day warning strike. These include prominent groups like the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), and the National Union of Banks, among others.

Originally scheduled to start on September 5th, the meeting between government officials and labor representatives faced delays due to the late arrival of union leaders.

After convening, the meeting transitioned into a closed-door session with only TUC officials and federal government representatives in attendance. It was during this session that Minister Lalong appealed for a two-week extension; to address the workers’ grievances.

The NLC had previously declared the strike to protest the widespread hardships experienced by Nigerians across the nation.

Despite the government’s plea, TUC President Osifo expressed dissatisfaction with the response; particularly concerning wage awards, transportation costs, and tax exemptions for specific civil servants.

TUC emphasized that the government’s current allocation of N5 billion per state for palliatives was insufficient and called for a more substantial commitment.

In a joint statement, TUC criticized government interventions and demanded enduring programs to address long-term suffering among the populace. They also called for rigorous monitoring of palliative distribution and a clear plan for accessing intervention funds for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Furthermore, TUC issued a two-week ultimatum to the Lagos State government to resolve the impasse with the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN); warning of a total shutdown in Lagos if the issue remains unresolved.

Despite the Federal Government’s plea for a postponement, various unions have reaffirmed their commitment to the two-day warning strike, intensifying the nationwide protest against prevalent hardship in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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